AP NEWS WIRE, KENTUCKY -Famed college basketball coach Tubby Smith has announced that he's leaving the University of Kentucky and has accepted a job with the University of Minnesota's Golden Gophers.

Smith, who in 10 years with the Wildcats has never missed a NCAA Tournament and won the 1998 championship, made the announcement today, despite having 4 years left on his contract at Kentucky.

Surely, Smith will be a valuable asset to the Minnesota program, as he fills the roll of both the coach and Goldy the Gopher, the team's mascot.